On 29 July 2020, the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google were scrutinised by the House Judiciary Committee about their business practices.
The committee questioned the CEOs about their alleged monopoly, gatekeeping power and anticompetitive practices, including: self-preferencing; predatory pricing; data-driven leveraging of market power across business areas; copying data from competitors; and so-called killer acquisitions.
Reportedly, the subcommittee plans to publish its findings and make the case for future regulatory reform before the end of 2020.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as several state antitrust officials also currently investigate the big tech companies. Reportedly, the DOJ is preparing to file antitrust charges against Google’s parent company Alphabet as early as this month of September 2020.
Cullen International's Cheat Sheet summarises the main alleged anti-competitive behaviours, other investigations and next steps in the US.
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14 September 20
How do countries regulate social media?
According to a new Global Trends report by Cullen International, policy makers and regulators around the world are facing similar challenges on how to adapt existing regulatory frameworks to new online services and related business models. Approaches to social media regulation, however, tend to vary.
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AVMS Directive transposition Progress Report September 2020 – Most Member States will not meet the implementation deadline
The deadline for member states to transpose the Audiovisual Media Services Directive expires in a few days (on 19 September 2020). However, the transposition process has not moved forward significantly in any of the countries compared to what was reported in Cullen International's July Report.
09 September 20
[INFOGRAPHIC] New AVMS Directive: European Commission guidance on essential functionality criterion (video-sharing platforms)
Guidelines contain a set of 15 indicators to help member states and national regulatory authorities determine which video-sharing platforms will be covered by the new Audiovisual Media Services Directive.